The Boston Red Sox today claimed right-handed pitcher Casey Fien off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and designated right-handed pitcher Gaby Hernandez for assignment.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
Fien, 26, made his Major League debut for the Tigers last season, going 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA (10 ER/11.1 IP), nine strikeouts and six walks in nine relief appearances. He spent most of the year with Detroit’s Triple-A Toledo affiliate, posting a 2-1 record with 14 saves and a 3.41 ERA (22 ER/58.0 IP) in 42 games out of the bullpen. He fanned 66 batters and walked just 15 and ranked among International League relief leaders in strikeouts per nine innings (2nd, 10.24), fewest walks per nine innings (3rd, 1.86) and fewest base runners per nine innings (4th, 10.55).
He was originally selected by the Tigers in the 20th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft and is expected to report to Red Sox Spring Training camp tomorrow.
Hernandez, 23, was claimed off waivers by Boston from Seattle on February 10. He spent all of last year with Triple-A Tacoma, going 10-9 with a 5.23 ERA (85 ER/146.1 IP), 98 strikeouts and 48 walks in 26 starts. He was originally selected by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, and has played in the Mets (2004-05), Marlins (2006-08) and Mariners (2008-09) organizations.
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